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Greetings from the Kirk
The Rev. John Ballantyne Cairns, moderator of the Church
of Scotland in 19992000, visited Princeton Seminary in April to preach and to
bring greetings to the Seminary community from across the sea. He was on a worldwide trip
that took him to Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Kosovo, and Europe, where he attended a human rights conference in Strasbourg, France. He
told Princeton students and faculty that he is hopeful about the churchs mission,
and that even though his own denomination is "desperately short of ministers, that
may do the church a lot of good!" The urbane Cairns, in addition to serving his
church as moderator, is an attorney and manages the Church of Scotlands golf team.
Raising Funds for Seminaries
In May, eighty PCUSA Theological
Education Fund (TEF) Resource Persons gathered at Princeton Seminary for three days to
experience what its like to be in seminary. The elders and ministers, volunteers who
represent presbyteries around the country, attended lectures by professors Stacy Johnson
and Ellen Charry, interacted with a panel of students, and heard from President Gillespie.
The TEF reps are elected to help raise money from local congregations for theological
education. The funds raised (a total of $955,836 through the first half of 2000) are
divided among the ten Presbyterian theological seminaries and the two seminaries in
covenant with the PCUSA according to a formula approved by the General Assembly.
Alumni/ae Events Fall 2000
|Sunday, October 15
|Spartanburg, South CarolinaPresident Gillespie preaching at The
First Presbyterian Church
|Sunday, October 29
|Winston Salem, North CarolinaPresident Gillespie preaching at the
First Presbyterian Church
|Monday, October 30
|Greensboro, North CarolinaBreakfast gathering with President
Gillespie from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
|Monday, October 30
|Durham, North CarolinaLuncheon gathering with President Gillespie
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|Monday, November 6
|Atlanta, GeorgiaLuncheon gathering at the First Presbyterian Church,
Atlanta, with President Gillespie from noon to 2:00 p.m.
|For further information or to make reservations, call Dean Foose at
609-497-7785 or email him at email@example.com.
|PTS Corner of
History: Princeton and Presidential Politics
InSpire readers might be interested to know, in this year of presidential politics,
that the fathers of two presidents of the United States are alumni of Princeton
Theological Seminary. The Reverend Richard F. Cleveland, Class of 1829, was pastor of the
Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, New Jersey, in 1837 when his son, Grover, was born in the
churchs manse. Grover Cleveland was elected president of the United States in 1884
and again in 1892. He is the only president to have been reelected after being defeated.
When he left the White House in 1897, he retired to Princeton where he commanded a senior
statesman position until his death in 1908. He and his family owned a pew in the First
Presbyterian Church (now Nassau Presbyterian Church), and the silver plaque bearing his
name is still on the pew.
Cleveland and his wife were frequent dinner guests of Professor and Mrs. John D.
Davis, who lived in the old Alexander house, currently the home of Professor Patrick
Miller and his wife, Mary Ann. The bell tower at the Graduate College is a memorial to
Cleveland, and the manse of the Presbyterian
Church of Caldwell is now maintained as the Cleveland Memorial Home. Cleveland is buried
in the Princeton Cemetery near his friend Professor Benjamin B. Warfield. Clevelands
widow lived in her home on Cleveland Lane in Princeton until her death in the late 1940s,
during which time she made a custom of inviting seminarians to her home for Sunday evening
supper following the evening service at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Reverend Joseph R. Wilson, Class of 1848, was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church
of Staunton, Virginia, in 1856 when his son, Woodrow, was born in the manse. That son
later became a professor and then president of Princeton University, governor of New
Jersey, and president of the United States in 1912, an office he held until 1921.
A devout Presbyterian elder, Woodrow Wilson
and his family, like the Clevelands, owned a pew in the First Presbyterian Church of
Princeton, and that pew, too, is still marked with a silver plate bearing his name. The
Wilsons lived near the Seminary on Library Place, just a few
doors beyond Stockton Street. They were very friendly with several Seminary faculty
families; Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Warfield were particularly good friends and exchanged
notes, which survive. Mrs. Wilsons last call in Princeton prior to moving to the
White House was on the ill wife of Princeton professor William Benton Greene.
The manse of the Presbyterian Church of Staunton, Virginia, has been made into the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum.
During his presidency, Wilson was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church in
Washington, D.C. He is buried at the National Cathedral in Washington. William
Harris, librarian for archives and special collections
Faculty and Staff Accolades
associate professor of New Testament, participated in the Discipleship and Ministry
Conference 2000 hosted by Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange, New Jersey,
and the Office of Black Congregational Enhancement. The conference, titled
"Empowering, Educating, and Equipping People for Spiritual Leadership," was led
by black church scholars and leaders from New Jersey and New York.
|"Design and Its
Critics," an international conference held in June at the Cranach Institute of
Concordia University in Wisconsin, featured Diogenes
Allen, PTSs Stuart Professor of
Philosphy. Allen and scholars from Canada, Europe, and the United States debated the
evidence for intelligent design in the universe from the perspective of science,
philosophy, and theology.
|Sheila and Steve Cardone, PTSs director of housing and
auxiliary services, welcomed their daughter, Katie, into the world on April 26, 2000.
Charlesworth, the George L. Collord Professor of New
Testament Language and Literature, has been elected to The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters. He is also the chairman of Jesus 2000, which sponsored the Jesus and
Archaeology symposium August 710, 2000, in Notre Dame, Jerusalem.
Duff, associate professor of theological ethics, was
featured on the PBS television program "Religion and Ethics" on Sunday, May 7.
Discussing the programs topic, the church and homosexuality, Duff spoke with New
York Times religion editor and PBS correspondent Peter Steinfels. The interview was filmed
on the PTS campus.
|The 2000 baccalaureate address at Lafayette College was
delivered by Peter J.
Paris, PTSs Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor of Christian
Social Ethics, who also received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the
Pennsylvania schools 165th commencement.
|Professor of theology and culture
Mark Taylor joined with
the Reverend Jesse Jackson and other opponents of capital punishment at
Philadelphias First Reformed Church as part of several rallies and protests during
the Republican National Convention, also held in Philadelphia in July. Among the topics of
discussion led by Taylor and Jackson were the death penaltys place in a democratic
society and the call for a new trial for death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
|Sarah Tineke was born to Sharilyn and Martin Tel, PTSs
C. F. Seabrook Director of Music, on April 26, 2000.
|The Odyssey Networks television program "Thirty
Good Minutes" will feature Leonora Tubbs
Tisdale, PTSs Elizabeth M. Engle
Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship, in an upcoming episode. The program,
sponsored by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, has historically broadcasted sermons by
Americas most influential preachers.
|Orly Marie was born to Andy and Amy Vaughn, the Institute
for Youth Ministrys director of leadership, on March 1, 2000.
|Twin girls, Naomi and Claire, were born to Ronda and J. Ross
Wagner, assistant professor of New Testament, on April 16, 2000.
|A second Ph.D., this one from the Claremont School of Theology, was
awarded to Janet L.
Weathers, assistant professor of speech communication in ministry, at
Claremonts 2000 commencement exercises. Weathers, whose dissertation was titled
"Spirit, Self-Identity, and Communication: Implications for the Multiple Forms of
Education in Christian Communities of Faith," also received the schools
Presidents Award for Academic Excellence. Weathers received her first Ph.D. from the
University of Southern California in 1979.
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, pictured (above
left) with her friend and PTS Class of 2000
alumna Regina Langley, was PTSs Women in Church and Ministry lecturer in April.
Johnson Reagon is Distinguished Professor of History at American University, an activist,
a musician, and the founder of Sweet Honey in the
Rock. She charmed her audience by
singing within her lecture, and challenged them to remember their history as women,
including its hard lessons.
Ten Years and Counting!
The Hispanic Leadership Development and Enhancement Program celebrated its tenth
anniversary at Princeton Seminary in May. The program is a coordinated effort of the PCUSA
General Assembly, the Synod of the Northeast, various presbyteries in New Jersey, the
Presbytery of New York City, and Princeton Seminary. More than 250 people heard the Rev.
Dr. Samuel Pagan, the keynote speaker, president of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto
Rico, and a PTS alum. Pagan presented the theological implications of the sixth chapter of
Isaiah for the church at large and particularly in the Hispanic/Latino context. President
Gillespie and dean of continuing education Joyce Tucker were present to offer
congratulations and encouragement to the participants at Congreguemonos X.
The afternoon included worship with three choirs, preaching by Pagan, celebration of
the Lords Supper, and the graduation of three students who had fulfilled the
requirements of the program. Congreguemonos X is one example of the opportunity Princeton
Seminary has to expand its efforts in nurturing the leadership of the fastest-growing
ethnic population in the country.
Organ Colloquium at PTS
From February 46, 2001, the Seminary will host an organ colloquium titled
"The Organ in Christian Worship." The colloquium, cosponsored by the Calvin
Institute of Christian Worship, will celebrate Miller Chapels new Joe R. Engle Organ
built by Paul Fritts & Co. Organbuilders. Worshipful music will be singing from its
pipes in the Seminarys newly renovated chapel for years to come.
Martin Tel, PTSs C.F. Seabrook Director of Music, looks forward to this
interdisciplinary gathering of pastors and musicians: "This event is unique because
though it is a celebration of the new organ, it celebrates the organ not as an end in
itself, but rather the organs function in worship." The colloquium will also
aim to "honestly assess the relationship between the organ and Christian worship
today and how this relationship will continue to play out in the future."
For more information, call the Chapel Office at 609-497-7890.
From Korea with Love
When worshippers in Miller Chapel hear the new Steinway grand piano that will grace the
chapel sanctuary, they will have the congregation and the pastor of So-Mang Presbyterian
Church in Seoul, Korea, to thank. Dr. Sun Hee Kwak, pastor of the 30,000-member
congregation and a PTS graduate who was named Distinguished Alumnus in 1996, and his
church contributed the more than $52,000 needed to purchase the seven-foot Steinway as
part of the Miller Chapel Restoration Project. The piano will be dedicated at a special
service and concert in early 2001.
Also this spring the PTS Korean American alumni/ae of PTS pledged a donation of $15,000
for the coat room of the chapel during a dinner meeting of the group in New York City.
Pictured above are (left to right) Timothy Son (90B, 91M), director of
alumni/ae relations Dean E. Foose, PTS trustee Young Pai, Constance Pak (92B,
94M), and Byeung-Ho Choi (92M).
PTS Honors Ministry of Bryant Kirkland
At its May meeting, the Seminarys Board of Trustees endorsed the establishment of
an endowment for a new faculty position in honor of alumnus and former board chairman
Bryant M. Kirkland, who died April 23, 2000. The board set a goal of $2 million for the
Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel and Professor of Common Worship endowment,
noting that "worship had been the heart and soul of the ministries of Dr. Kirkland,
and it is very fitting to endow this position in his memory."
Kirkland was senior minister of The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City
from 1962 to 1987. He also served churches in Narberth, Pennsylvania; Willow Grove,
Pennsylvania; Haddonfield, New Jersey; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to serving as
chair of the Seminarys board, he was a past president and CEO of The American Bible
Society and vice president of the John Templeton
Foundation. Kirkland authored several
books including Home before Dark and A Pattern for Faith.
Friends, alumni/ae, and churches interested in contributing may send gifts to the
Seminary designated for the Kirkland endowment.
PTS Campus Hosts Institute for Youth Ministry Forum
More than 160 lay and ordained ministers from all over the United States and Canada
gathered on the Seminary campus in April for the 2000 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry.
Representing many denominations, participants attended lectures and seminars offered by
scholars and church leaders who explored the forums theme: "Life Together:
Practicing Faith with Adolescents." Dorothy Bass, director of the Valparaiso Project
on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, and L. Gregory Jones, dean of the
Divinity School at Duke University, were lecturers. Roland Martinson, professor of
pastoral theology at Luther Seminary, was the conference preacher.
Forum participant Blake Benge, a youth minister at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
in Atlanta, appreciated the way the topics were presented. "I enjoyed the slower
pacethe more cerebral approach. PTS is giving appropriate dignity to youth ministry,
something the church is in need of," he said. Robin Pippin, who edits Devozine,
a publication targeting teenagers, said, "The forum took seriously the profession of
youth ministry. The focus on spiritual practices like contemplative prayer and the
sacraments as transformative aspects of Christian life is aimed at teaching ministers to
help teens form their identity within the church."
The 2001 Forums on Youth Ministry are scheduled for January 811 in San Antonio,
Texas, and April 30May 3 in Princeton. For more information, visit
Class of 1961 Alumna Remembered
Nancy Harris, one of only three female graduates in the B.D. (M.Div.) Class of 1961,
died on July 5, 1999. Her service to God was a lifelong commitment to the church as well
as to the Princeton Seminary community. Even in death, her relationship to her beloved
alma mater is evident. Harris bequeathed a gift of $1,000,000 for the endowment of a
scholarship in honor of her class.
Following graduation from PTS, Harris was asked by then-Seminary president James McCord
to administer the Seminarys sesquicentennial celebration. She worked on that project
with former PCUSA stated clerk James Andrews, who remembers her as "a friend who made
a career out of keeping people working together." In succeeding years she served as
the executive secretary of St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, and
dean of the School of Theology for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. She retired in 1993
and invested a great deal of time and care in her longtime avocation in miniatures and
doll houses. She was a partner in a miniatures business in Seattle until her death.
First Female Th.B. Graduate Dies at 94
In February the Seminary community lost one of its most beloved graduates. The death of
Muriel Joy Van Orden Jennings marked an occasion to remember both her ground-breaking
achievement as the first woman to graduate from PTS in the Th.B. (M.Div.) program and her
more than eighty years of ministry.
Jennings was born in 1905 in Clinton, New Jersey, to Robert and Sarah Fox Van Orden.
Following employment opportunities throughout the Northeast, the young family relocated
thirteen times before Jennings was sixteen years old. In Springfield, Massachusetts, which
was as much the familys hometown as any other city, Jennings began a teaching
ministry with the children of her mothers adult Bible class participants. The
opportunity gave Jennings her first experience with what would become a lifelong
passionteaching young people about Gods role in their lives.
After graduation from Central High School in Springfield, Jennings attended Radcliffe
College, earning an A.B. She returned to New Jersey in 1928 to pursue a theological
education at Princeton Seminary. While the Seminary taught some female students, the
schools charter specifically outlawed the granting of degrees to women; wives of
male students occasionally audited courses, but never received credit for the work.
Determined to have her education validated by a degree, Jennings received permission
from the faculty and trustees to enroll full time under the conditions that she "did
not disturb the men, that she carried a full schedule of courses, and that her grades
matched those of the men." She did not receive a guarantee that her work would result
in the Th.B., the equivalent of todays M.Div. After three years, Jennings had
completed all degree requirements and ranked third academically in her class, but, largely
because of the opposition of one professor, she was not granted a degree.
Undeterred, Jennings enrolled in the Th.M. program in 1931. That year the professor who
opposed her graduation died, and after she completed the requirements for her second
masters, the Seminary awarded her the Th.B. and the Th.M. simultaneously in 1932.
While at Princeton, Jennings met her future husband, fellow student Harvey L. Jennings.
They married in 1932 and together served congregations in Frenchtown and Carneys
Point, New Jersey, and Peckville, Pennsylvania. While her husband served as pastor, Mrs.
Jennings led Bible studies for adults and youth. Following his death in 1973, Mrs.
Jennings continued to teach congregations in several Maine towns.
Throughout their ministry the Jenningses directed much of their energy to youth. Mrs.
Jennings had been interested in youth ministry for several years, and after taking a group
of young people to Pennsylvanias Montrose Bible Conference in 1933, she
concentrated her ministry on youth. She became a director of the youth-oriented conference
in 1940 and served in that position until 1966. She remained active with the conference
well beyond her years as a director and at age seventy-six was honored for fifty years of
service at Montrose.
PTS honored Jennings with its Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982.
|New Faculty Appointments and Promotions
Three new scholars were appointed to the Seminary faculty at the May meeting of the
Board of Trustees.
Dr. Richard Fox Young, who has been professor of South Asian studies on the Faculty of
International Studies of Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, since 1993, is
PTSs new associate professor of the history of religions, assigned to the Elmer K.
and Ethel R. Timby Chair, effective July 1.
Dr. Milan Opocenský will be the John A. Mackay Professor of World Christianity for
the 20002001 academic year. A native of the Czech Republic, he formerly
served as general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and taught social
ethics at the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology in Prague.
||Dr. Dana R. Wright, a 1999 Ph.D. graduate of PTS, will be assistant professor of
Christian education for a single three-year term effective July 1, 2000 through June 30,
In other board actions, three members of the faculty were promoted, effective July 1:
Dr. Dennis T. Olson, in Old Testament, to the rank of full professor and Drs. Robert C.
Dykstra and Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, both in pastoral theology, to the rank of
associate professor with tenure.
Faculty and Staff Publications
Jesus: A Psychological Biography, by Donald Capps, has been published by Chalice Press.
Ellen Charry has authored Inquiring After God, which is published by Blackwell
George Hunsingers lastest offering, Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of
Karl Barth, is published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Leonora Tubbs Tisdale is the editor of Abingdons Womens Preaching Annual:
Series 2, Year C.
Womanist Scholar Delivers Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
Katie G. Cannon, associate professor in the Department of Religion at Temple
University, delivered the second Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at PTS in April. Her
lecture, titled "Out of the Shadows of Death: Representations of Womanist Homiletical
Praxis in the Sacred Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," dealt primarily with
her assertion that King as preacher changed the status of African Americans from
"nothingness to the description of what it means to be American." Cannon noted
that Kings preaching erases negative perceptions of African Americans by promoting
the integrity it takes to struggle out of white hatred.
Cannon was introduced by Professor Peter J. Paris, who informed the audience that not
only was the lecturer a sixth-generation Presbyterian, she was the first African American
woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, originally proposed by the Seminary facultys
Council on Black Concerns, was established in honor of Kings life as a theologian,
minister, and ethicist who had worldwide impact. It is also a response to the
Seminarys commitment to address issues of racial and social justice.
The Seminarys Board of Trustees has elected three new members, all women: Mrs.
Heather Sturt Haaga of La Cañada, California; Ms. Nancy Oliver Gray of Spartanburg, South
Carolina; and the Reverend Joanne Martindale of Dayton, New Jersey.
Haaga, an artist, author, and marketing manager, is active with the Huntington Library
Arts Council, the Vassar College Development Leadership Council, The Salzburg Seminar in
Salzburg, Austria, the Crescenta Cañada YMCA, and the La Cañada Public Schools. She was
one of the original thirteen people involved in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and was its
director of fund-raising.
Gray, vice president of Seminary Relations at PTS from July 1998 to June 1999, is now
president of Converse College in Spartanburg. She is a member of the First Presbyterian
Church there, a trustee of Brevard Music Center, a member of the executive committee of
South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and a trustee of the Wye Faculty
Seminar of the Aspen Institute.
Martindale, a 1988 graduate of PTS, was elected by her fellow alumni/ae as the
alumni/ae trustee in the boards Class of 2003, succeeding the Rev. William Carter.
She is director of the chaplaincy department at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Ancora, New
Jersey, the states largest psychiatric hospital. She is also the only female
chaplain in the New Jersey Army National Guard and is a parish associate pastor at the
First Presbyterian Church in Dayton.
In other trustee news, Ginny Thornburgh, director of the Religion and Disability
Program of the National Association on Disability in Washington, D.C., was honored by
Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania, when they awarded her an honorary Doctor of
Public Services degree at spring commencement ceremonies in May.
Recent Graduate Seeks Books for African Seminary
Kossi Ayedze, who was awarded a Ph.D. at the Seminarys commencement in May, has
received both good and bad news in recent months. The good news: Ayedze was appointed to
the faculty of the Institute of Theology at Eglise Evangélique Presby-térienne du Togo
in West Africa, and he received a donation from a PTS administrator for the library of the
small seminary. The bad news: more than half of the nearly 1000 volumes donated to the
institute by Princeton Seminarys director of professional studies, John
OBrien-Prager (pictured above with Ayedze), were lost en route to Togo.
Ayedze, a native West African, teaches history of Christianity courses at the Institute
of Theology in Togo. He contacted OBrien-Prager several months ago requesting
information on how he could obtain resources for the growing African seminary.
OBrien-Prager responded by donating more than 900 volumes, a sizeable portion of his
personal library. Unfortunately, only ten of the twenty-six boxes of books arrived in
"It is very disappointing," said Ayedze of the loss. "The school is very
poor, with only a small number of volumes in the library."
Ayedze hopes to use the volumes that did arrive to encourage his students, who are
primarily French speakers, to master texts written in English. "I want to push my
students to read English so that when they graduate I can send them to PTS!" he said,
beaming. He hopes alumni/ae of Princeton Seminary, on learning of the desperate need for
books in Togo, will follow OBrien-Pragers lead by donating volumes from their
personal collections. "This is the most worthy of causes," Ayedze said.
Interested in donating books to the Institute of Theology in Togo, West Africa? Gifts
can be sent to:
|Eglise Evangélique Presbytérienne du Togo
Attn: Kossi A. Ayedze
Lomé, Togo (West Africa)
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